Small Scale Sawmill Training

Gain highly in-demand skills to saw lumber in 3 weeks!

July 29 to August 16, 2024

Overview

This three Band, collaborative training program, will provide students with the training needed to safely operate a portable sawmill. Participants will be given an introduction to WHMIS, Safety Programs and how to effectively manage your worksite safety, introduction to chainsaw operations as it relates to bucking logs at the worksite and learning how to maintain and operate a skid steer.

Program Details:

Benefits:

The training will start at 8:00am and finish at 4:00pm each day.

Funding Provided by:

Week 1 – Module A (40 Hours) – July 29-Aug 2

Monday, July 29

Day 1

Opening prayers and introduction by Chief and Council. Introductions
and overview of training. Who we are and what we expect from the participants. Instructors experience and a history of how we came to be with everyone today. Tour of community and Rules while on site. Introduction to fitness, ergonomics, proper lifting, healthy eating. Trip to the safety equipment store to pick up PPE as a team.

Tuesday, July 30

Day 2

Preparing the sawmill site and working as a team to set the sawmill
up and the challenges around keeping the sawmill straight and level. Operation and maintenance of the Peterson ASM Swing mill. Sharpening blades, Sawyer, and Tailor responsibilities. Selecting the proper log for the proper mill. “Right Log, Right Line”.

Wednesday, July 31

Day 3

Chainsaw operation and maintenance. The Occupational Health
and Safety Program. Develop and maintain. The importance of Safety and WorkSafe BC. Discuss the stumpage system, costs of logs to lumber. When it makes more sense to sell a raw log rather than mill it, storing, packaging, and pricing your product accordingly. Review of the lumber prices and forecasting.

Thursday, Aug 1

Day 4

Operation and maintenance of a Swing mill. Log species, proper
length increments, board feet calculation. productivity of the mill itself and targets to meet to be successful.

Friday, Aug 2

Day 5

An introduction to lumber grading and the fundamentals of drying
lumber, moisture content, drying high grade products, importance of sticking lumber properly for drying.

Week 2 - Module B (40 hours) August 5-9

Monday, August 5

Day 6

How to set up a small-scale milling operation in your community. The costs for equipment, options for financing, setting up contracts to sell lumber, business plan requirements. Turning Logs into boards.

Tuesday, August 6

Day 7

Practical work on Swing Mill, complete a small order file for a community member, price the order and donate to the community member. Brainstorm ideas for marketing the product.

Wednesday, August 7

Day 8

Practical work on Swing Mill, complete a small order file for a community member, price the order and donate to the community member. Continued maintenance on equipment.

Thursday, August 8

Day 9

Practical work on Swing Mill, complete a small order file for a community member, price the order and donate to the community member. Clean up consistent with milling.

Friday, August 9

Day 10

Practical work on Swing Mill, complete a small order file for a community member, price the order and donate to the community member. Waste management, sawdust, chips,
slabs.

Week 3 – Module C (40 hours) – August 12-16

Monday, August 12

Day 11

Practical work on Swing Mill, operating efficiently, identifying areas for improvement.
Identifying areas of success. Dealing with slabs and potential opportunity for firewood
production, kindling etc.

Tuesday, August 13

Day 12

Practical work on Swing Mill, operating efficiently, identifying areas for improvement.
Identifying areas of success. Managing sawdust and chips, fire preparedness on the site.

Wednesday, August 14

Day 13

Practical work on Swing Mill, operating efficiently, identifying areas for improvement.
Identifying areas of success.

Thursday, August 15

Day 14

Breakdown of the sawmill for transport back to Williams Lake. Clean up of the site.

Friday, August 16

Day 15

Closing remarks and next steps. Certificates to the participants and a celebratory lunch.

For more information or to register please contact

hayley@olearyandassociates.ca

250-200-1155

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Small Scale Sawmill Training

Gain highly in-demand skills to saw lumber in 3 weeks!

Application Deadline

July 22, 2024